... it being soup season, i've made quite a bit of the stuff recently and I've been doing a lot of 'just chuck it in the pan and add stock' kind of soup making... there's nothing particularly wrong with this method but you do sometimes end up with green sludge and everything tastes the same... and yes, sometimes it really doesn't work... there's a reason that cabbage smells and has been sulking in the back of the fridge and no, making soup out of it won't be a good thing...
... the point being that I had some parsnips and a few other veg that needed eating but this time I stopped myself and turned to the cook books instead... and boy am I glad I did... and so with a little help from Sir Jamie of Oliver I present to you...
Spicy Parsnip and Cauliflower Soup
this is one of those delightful, thick, creamy and sweet little soups that has a gentle heat behind it that's really not too overpowering...
1 medium onion - finely chopped
4 medium parsnips - peeled and diced
half a medium cauliflower - chopped into pieces
2 cloves of garlic - finely crushed
a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger - finely chopped
1 tablespoon garam masala
butter and olive oil
1 pint of milk
1 pint of good vegetable stock
- in a heavy pan, melt a little olive oil and butter, add the onions, ginger, garlic and garam masala and saute gently for 10 minutes until the onions are soft
- add the parsnips and cauliflower, turn the heat very low, place the lid on and sweat gently until nearly soft, about 5 mins
- add the stock and the milk and with the lid on, simmer gently for 30 minutes
- liquidize with a hand-held thingy and serve with a swish of garlic olive oil.
eat and of course, enjoy!